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These aren't the only authors whose work I admire, but they are those who pass the 'read again' test, ie books that I liked enough to read more than once and may well do again in the future.

Just William
A total of thirty-eight William books were published between 1922 and 1970, the last after author Richmal Crompton's death in 1969. Apart from their timeless humour, they also chronicle the changing face of 'middle England.'

You can find out of copyright stories on the web at ongoing-tales. Or go here for details of how to obtain the printed and audio versions.

Find out more about her and her adult works at the Lost Club.

The List of Seven
An excellent horror/thriller novel, the hero being Arthur Conan Doyle. Read the opening extract.

A similar idea of using 'real' Victorian novelists as heroes is Poe Must Die by Marc Olden. Despite the lurid title, it is a great read, featuring both Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens, although there isn't much about the book or the author on the web.

Bill Bryson
"What do you look for in a woman? At my age, a pulse and a full complement of limbs, although I'm prepared to compromise on the latter."

Best known for his hilarious travel books, but also on the English language, such as the Dictionary of Troublesome Words and Mother Tongue. (Please don't be offended by this explanation of the derivation of expletives!) There is an informative interview with Bill in January Magazine.

Gates of Fire
"Stranger, go tell the Spartans that here we lie in obedience to their laws." - Epigram on the tomb of Leonidas' Three Hundred.

An excellent novel by Steven Pressfield recounting the epic Battle of Thermopylae. Read an excerpt.

George Macdonald Fraser is one of our greatest living novelists and his Flashman character an immortal creation. This UK site links to the many others worldwide. Read an interview with GMD.

My favourite volume is Flashman at the Charge, featuring our hero's involvement in the Charge of the Light Brigade (Garry Owen being their canter tune) and then with Yakub Beg leaving on the Silk Road.

Douglas Adams
The late and much lamented author who died while still at his most creative. In particular, seek out the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Jerome K Jerome
Humorist, playwright and author of Three Men in a Boat. The site gives information on the man and the JKJ Society's museum in Walsall. Much of his work is available on the web, including Three Men on the Bummel. Alternatively, go to Online Books which includes TMiaB.

Isaac Asimov
A prolific author (500+ books) and an interesting thinker. Best known (to me) for his Foundation series and the I Robot books.

Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen
My favorite War Poet. In particular, check out "The Last Laugh" and its earlier form "The Last Words" in many ways softer and more moving than the final version.

Terry Pratchett
Extremely funny, extremely clever author of the Discworld novels.

David Gemmell
Another great author, if heroic fantasy novels are to your taste.

Brilliant site full online literature, verse and quotations.

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